Virtue or Vice?

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Students will think of words to describe the right amount, too much, and too little of a trait. Then they think of characters or real people who had traits in these different quantities.

This idea comes from Aristotle's concept of Virtues and Vices. Here's a great list of sample virtues and vices.


  1. After seeing "giving" modeled, students think of characters who desired too much, too little, or just the right amount of power.
  2. I share my examples of power. Then students think of their own trait, write down words to describe too much, too little, and just right. Finally, students think of examples of characters for each category.
  3. Lastly, students create an "interview" in which a character with a vice explains how their life changed once they turned that vice into a virtue.


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